An Autumn Walk in the City Playlist


This playlist might seem a bit New York City centered, but that’s because it’s where I walk. It’s mellow, even a bit melancholy, since autumn and winter are moody times for me. But it’s also filled with happy memories that remind me of happy times. I could walk miles and miles listening to this music. In fact, I do.

Autumn Walk in the City

1.    Free the Animal / Sia
Oh, Sia, she just gets me going and hits all the right notes. This is a good way to start a walk…Free the animal!

2.    Winter in my Heart / The Avett Brothers
A little depressing, but one of my favorite Avett Brothers songs.

3.    Coffee / Sylvan Esso
If I am walking, I’ve already had my coffee. But this song reminds me just how good it was

4.    In a Sentimental Mood / Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Quintessential New York, it’s like the sound is ground into the sidewalks.

5.    Beyond the Horizon / Bob Dylan
This Dylan song reminds me of a country club version of an old Duke Ellington song, even though it’s totally new (well, new for Dylan, that is).

6.    Autumn in New York / Billie Holiday
Need I say more?

7.    Skylark / Bette Midler
My all-time favorite Bette Midler song (music by the great Hoagy Carmichael. Heard it first when I was 14. Now I personally know just how important she is to the city of New York, and I’m so proud of her.

8.    New York City Serenade / Bruce Springsteen
My 8-year-old asked if this was Bach. “Even better,” I said. “It’s Bruce.” And my favorite line, “no, she won’t take the train,” makes me smile because it’s true for me, too.

9.    Remember Me (Original Mix) / Blue Boy
An old song I only just discovered. And now we are grooving!

10. Bridges / Broods
A new song I heard on the radio (XMU). I know nothing about the band except that I like this song.    

11. Down in the Hole / Bruce Springsteen
New Bruce. Let’s just say when he switches voices in the middle of the song, I feel it in my deepest soul.

12. Love Is the Law / Paul Kelly
It almost sounds like a U2 song, but Paul Kelly is the Bob Dylan of Australia. I adore him.

13.  Love and Anger / Kate Bush
If I lived in London, I would walk to see Kate Bush in concert for the first time in 35 years and scream and cry with everyone else. Except it’s sold out. Forever.

Thanks to Spotify, you can stream the entire playlist here:

You can find a shout-out to this playlist along with the headphones I use to listen to it in the first-ever Rodale’s catalog; coming soon! Request your complimentary catalog here.

What songs would make up your autumn walking playlist? Let me know in the comments!


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4 Responses to An Autumn Walk in the City Playlist

  1. Donna in Delaware September 22, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    September Morn- Neil Diamond

    September Song- Frank Sinatra

    Time and Tide- Basia

    The Four Seasons “Autumn” – Antonio Vivaldi

    Elvira Madigan- W. A. Mozart

    Smooth Operator – Sade

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face- Roberta Flack

    McArthur’s Park – Richard Harris

    Long Ago – Karen Carpenter

    Nocturnes – F. Chopin

    When You Love A Woman – Journey

    I’ll Be There for You- Bon Jovi

    Always – Bon Jovi

    Feel Like Makin’ Love – Roberta Flack

    Body and Soul – Anita Baker

    Giving You The Best That I Got – Anita Baker

    So many others…

  2. Donna in Delaware September 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    Just came from New York last weekend Maria. I know exactly how you feel!

  3. Nancy September 23, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    My favorite is “I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City” by Harry Nilsson–it’s a happy song!

  4. Charlene D Boydston September 30, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    I like Roger Williams “Autumn Leaves” and “moondance” by Van Morrison!

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